Is Alcohol Bad for Arthritis? (Expert Answer)

Short Answer: Alcohol is a harmful substance that can negatively affect your joint health by causing inflammation, swelling, and damage to the cartilage and bone in your joints.

Alcohol is a psychoactive substance with dependence-producing properties that has been widely used in many cultures for centuries.

The harmful use of alcohol is a causal factor in more than 200 disease and injury conditions.

Worldwide, 3 million deaths every year result from harmful use of alcohol1. This represents 5.3% of all deaths.

One of the key factors in managing arthritis is diet.

What you consume can affect your joint health, which can impact your arthritis symptoms and overall health.

To effectively manage arthritis, you should consume anti-inflammatory foods like fruits, vegetables, nuts, seeds, fish, and olive oil.

These foods can help reduce inflammation and pain in your joints.

Now, alcohol is a depressant drug that is the active ingredient in fermented drinks such as beer, wine, and distilled spirits (hard liquor).

People usually drink alcohol excessively or irresponsibly, which can lead to various health problems, such as liver damage, heart disease, stroke, cancer, and mental disorders.

Alcohol can negatively affect your joint health by causing inflammation, swelling, and damage to the cartilage and bone in your joints.

Alcohol can also interfere with your medication and treatment for arthritis.

Furthermore, alcohol is a harmful substance and alcohol is bad for arthritis because it contains ethanol, which is a central nervous suppressant and is known to affect every organ in the body.

Ethanol can cause impaired cognitive, memory, motor, and sensory function, and generalized depression of central nervous system (CNS) function.

That’s why I suggest you limit your alcohol intake to no more than one drink per day for women and no more than two drinks per day for men.

Stick to one drink, which is equivalent to 12 ounces of beer, 5 ounces of wine, or 1.5 ounces of distilled spirits.

To minimize the side effects with reasons.

Also, you shouldn’t drink alcohol if you have or are suffering from arthritis to prevent joint damage and other complications.

Because ethanol can worsen inflammation and pain in your joints.

Because ethanol can interfere with your medication and treatment for arthritis.

Finally, remember, maintaining a healthy lifestyle, including a balanced diet, regular exercise, stress management and essential medical care is key to managing/dealing with arthritis effectively.

I always recommend my arthritis patients to follow a healthy diet to improve their overall well-being and enjoy a longer and healthier life.

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About the Author

Abdur Rahman Choudhury

Abdur Rahman Choudhury is a nutritionist in West Bengal, India, with a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in Biochemistry.

He has done his diploma in nutrition from Fabulous Body Inc (US), and completed various certification courses from several universities. He also has considerable research experience in PCOS.

Abdur currently lives in India and keeps fit by weight training and eating mainly home-cooked meals.

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